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to take a closer look now at nelson mandela's political legacy, specifically his impact on president obama, whom he met back in 2005, when obama was then a junior senator, freshman senator from the state of illinois. rick stengel joins me from new york, former managing editor of "time" magazine, also collaborated on the important book "long walk to freedom" the autobiography of nelson mandela, lbs the author of "mandela's way: lessons on life, love and courage." rick, thanks very much for joining us. talk about this relationship between president mandela and president obama. >> you know, wolf, i thought the president was very eloquent yesterday, talking about what president mandela meant to him. in many ways i think mandela was partly responsible for barack obama's own political awakening. one of the great legacies of mandela particularly in america is that it was an awakening for so many people that people were looking at south africa, this land that with terrible prejudice, terrible authoritarian government and we were looking at it as almost a proxy for what had happened in america duri
on the passing of nelson mandela. president obama will deliver a statement on the passing of the former south african president coming up here in about 4 1/2 minutes as soon as the president comes out. we will bring you his remarks live. president obama to speak from the white house in just a few moments. let's bring in nbc's andrea mitchell. such a full life led by nelson mandela. if you could speak about the escalating international pressure to release him back in 1990, what was that like? this must have been a real global effort. >> it was indeed. it began before that. during the reagan years, initially president reagan is very much against apartheid and he was led to the position finally of opposing apartheid by george schultz. a rising star and a strong presence on foreign policy than a senator from indiana. there was a global push for this from faith leaders and from anti-segregationists here in this country. we heard just now the secretary general of the united nations that no one has done more. no one in our era and generation has done more to fight discrimination than the moral leade
obama spoke about mandela minutes after his death was announced, here is what he said. >> we will not likely see the likes of nelson mandela again. so it falls to us to be the example he set, to make decisions guarded not by haste, but by love. never discount the difference that one person can make. strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice. >> . >> right now let's pause and give thanks the r the fact that nelson mandela lived, a pan who took history, in his hands. bent the arc of the moral universes towards justice, may god bless his memory, and keep him at peace. >> the president of the united states, again, live pictures in outside nelson mandela's home tonight, and here in new york, a live picture of the apollo theater, the same the venue in harlem, tonight the marque honors nelson mandela. here is a picture of the marque, we are getting ready for a live shot. we have consider spot don'ts automobile across the united states and the world. we also have guests hire in the studio, right now my colleague is here, talk a little bit about the incredible significance o
was then senator obama. >> i am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from nelson mandela's life. my very first political action, the first thing i ever did that involved an issue or policy or politics was a protest against apartheid. >> mandela spent 27 years behind bars for treason, for backing an anti-apartheid charter. he was finally released february 11, 1990. three years later he would share the nobel peace prize with f.w. de klerk, the man he would succeed as president. >> the time for the healing of the wounds has come. the moment to preach the causes that divide us has come. the time to build is upon us. we have at least achieved our political emancipation. we pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continued bondage of poverty, depravation, suffering and other discrimination. michelle kosinski is with us outside of nelson mandela's home and the crowds continue to be drawn there, michelle. >> reporter: right. there are hundreds of people out here and the energy of remembrance, mourning, and celebration is powerful. the national youth orchestra just arrived. they
know that president obama, like so many leaders from around the world, so deeply, deeply admired nelson mandela. the announcement of his death was made only a few moments ago by the current president of south africa, jacob zuma. >> fellow south africans, our beloved nelson mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed. he passed on peacefully. >> jacob zuma making the announcement only moments ago. donna brazile is here. donna, like me, you met with nelson mandela. i know he inspired you. he had a huge impact on your life. give us a thought or two about this remarkable man. >> well, mr. mandela was a warrior. he was one of the most courageous individuals i have ever worked with. he was a champion for freedom. he expanded democracy. he transformed south africa, the african continent, but he was really a leader, someone who was gracious when you were with him in person. back in 1993, i escorted him with one of my friends to the inaugural of bill clinton. he wanted to be here in the united states to witness that moment and of course, later, we all witnessed his ina
not be a president obama if not for nelson mandela. for "this week." jonathan karl, abc news, washington. >>> and we're lucky now to be joined by four individuals who had unique working relationships with nelson mandela. bill keller. dr. gay mcdougall, who campaigned for his release from prison. stan greenberg, his pollster and strategist. and ambassador jendayi frazer. thanks to all of you for being here. bill, let me begin with you. we ended the piece with the relationship between president obama and nelson mandela. and president clinton. they're important but didn't agree in important ways as politicians. >> they are. it's -- was noteworthy that the president he felt closest to was bill clinton because they had more in common and that mandela and obama. mandela has the joy in the robust give and take of politics. the schmoozing. the deal-making. the stage craft. the theater. obama is more cerebral. he doesn't seem to enjoy going up and shaking hands and the favors. >> speaking of the political theater. we have the video. you were with mandela on the day he cast the vote for president, waved that
or more. >>> right now president obama and the first lady en route to south africa for nelson mandela's memorial service scheduled for tomorrow. they left washington on "air force one" this morning along with former secretary of state hillary clinton and former president george w. bush and his wife laura. president bill clinton and jimmy carter traveling separately to the service. two lawmakers part of a delegation heading to the country, 22 house democrats as well as illinois republican and texas senator ted cruz. the memorial is expected to draw a who's who of leaders, david cameron, prince charles, afghanistan's hamid karzai and cuba's raul castro. joining me from south africa, nbc's ron allen. can you give me a sense of what it's like on the ground and the preparations that are under way. >> it's been an amazing few days since we've been here. in case you can't hear, it's raining, it's dark. there are still crowds out there chanting, choirs, is a mood of festivity, jubilation. also grief and mourning, but for the most part it's been a time of celebrating the life of nelson mandela
. but we view cuba as our enemy, this is not the time for president obama to be embracing him. nelson mandela was great friends with bill clinton and barack obama and he was friends with gaddafi and castro. he's like the man of the year, nelson mandela, the time of all this global strife he still has a role as healing agent, bringing different people together on stage. >> and that's in fact something that mandela's former personal assistant said, tomorrow people should all be honoring their relationship with madiba, if it means shaking hands with the enemy, yes, i would like to see that. that is what nelson mandela was and is bringing people together despite their differences. i guess that's the point is what could be more of a tribute to nelson mandela than people who'd normally would not talk, talking, and i'm not saying they have to be embracing or back slapping or even smiling, but talking. that would, i, might argue, be the greatest trigg tribute to nelson mandela that could you have at a nelson mandela memorial. >> you know how we have our state of the union addresses. and every
to nelson mandela. former president . >>> five things to know at the 55. president obama is heading to south africa this morning to pay his final respects to nelson mandela. formers presidents bush, clinton and carter are also expected to be there. tomorrow's memorial o service will be held in a large stadium in johannesburg. mandela's body will lite in state nor three days in pretoria, and he'll be buried on sunday in his hometown. >>> hundreds of thousands of ukrainians are protesting against their government. in favor of closer ties with russia. well, in response, the protesters tore down a statute of vladimir lenin. they say they will keep up the protests until ukraine's president steps down. >>> san diego's embattled former mayor is expected to be sentenced on sexual harassment charges as part of a plea agreement bob filner will get three months probation, and months home confinement. >>> and otherwise unapproved vaccine is available for the first time at princeton university. the university has reported 8 cases of meningitis b since march. in response to the outbreak, the fda gave prin
. >> president barack obama and the first lady on their way to south africa you to pay tribute to nelson mandela. >> to see the whites and blacks together on the streets. it's because of nelson. >> defense secretary chuck hagel, first trip there for the pentagon chief in three years. >> it's a simple match. three were taken to the hospital. >> hundreds thousands turned out for the government protest toppling the statue. >> house and senate negotiators are reportedly putting the finishing touches on what would be the first successful budget agreement in years. >> fans remembered paul you walker and left flowers in his memory. drew brees 50,000 career passing yards. >> saints 31-13. all time mark from 64. prater's kick is good. >> in washington d.c. the kennedy center a warded artists. billy joel santana. i mean awesome. >> kirby hancock sitting up there with the president of the united states and first lady. he's the only one not nervous about what i'm going to say. >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." from washington we're in the smithsonian american art museum and n
is president obama. saying we're not likely to see someone like nelson mandela again. brianna keilar is joining us from the north lawn as always. last night when the president came out to make that statement following the announcement of nelson mandela's death, it seemed a very personal one for him. >>et that -- that's right. there's a real personal connection here, president obama was only 19 when he got involved with the anti-apartheid movement. the first time he ever gave a political address was about this issue. it was 1981. he was a sophomore at occidental college in california. for president obama, nelson mandela was a personal hero and a political idol whose legendary struggle fueled his earliest ambiti ambitions. >> i am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from nelson mandela's life. my very first political action, the first thing i ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics was a protest against apartheid. >> reporter: they met in person only briefly in 2005 before obama became president. the two leaders, each standing in history as the first black president
to maine. >>> and president obama leaves today for south africa. he'll attend tuesday's memorial for nelson mandela. former presidents bush, clinton, and carter will also attend. >>> merrill newman, the elderly korean war veteran held for several weeks in north korea, said he was treated well during his detainment. newman said on sunday he was kept in a hotel room, not a prison cell. he arrived back in california on saturday. when asked if he planned any more trips abroad, newman said his wife is now in charge of his passport. >>> and musicians billy joel, herbie hancock, carlos santana, opera star martina arroyo and actress shirley maclaine were honored at the kennedy center for their contributions to american culture. a rock band paid tribute to santana. ♪ >> the kennedy center honors are the nation's highest award for influencing american culture through the art. president obama saluted the honorees. >>> coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," a special broadcast from the smithsonian american art museum and national portrait gallery in washington. i'm anne-marie green. t
. he had no enemies. he had -- he did not desire to cause division. barack obama is low. nelson mandela -- host: thank you for your calls. lots of reactions from the former president, george w. bush issuing a statement. -- president obama shortly after the announcement of nelson mandela's death spoke to reporters on his thoughts on the passing of nelson mandela. >> at his trial in 1964, nelson mandela close to statement saying i have fought against white domination. i have fought against black domination. ahave cherished the ideas of democratic and free society in which all persons live together with equal opportunities. it is an ideal which i will hope to live for and to achieve. if needs be, it is an idea for which i'm prepared to die. nelson mandela lived for that ideal, and made it real. be achieve more than could expected of any man. today he has gone home. we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. any of us will ever spend time with on this earth. no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. h
are taking live to the white house next. president obama on the death of former south african residents nelson mandela. >> nelson mandela closed a statement from the dock saying, "i have fought against white domination and i have fought against black domination. i have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. it is an ideal i hope to live for and to achieve. but if need be, it is an ideal for which i am prepared to die." nelson mandela lived for that ideal and he made it real. he achieved more than could be expected of any man. and today, he has gone home. we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. .e no longer belongs to us he belongs to the ages. dignity andfierce unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, he transformed south africa and moved all of us. his journey from imprisonment to a president embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better.
to nelson mandela. on board air force one with president and mrs. obama, president george wurks bush and first lady laura bush and former secretary of state hillary clinton. on the way to south africa, they gathered together in the plane's conference room telling their stories that spanned three presidential administrations. president's clinton and carter are traveling separately to johannesburg. the last time these presidents were all together was in april at the opening of the george w. bush presidential library, but this event in a foreign country will mean much greater security concerned. sources involved in planning president clinton's prim to the funeral of israel prime minister rabin, and the funeral of pope john paul ii tells cnn it decrease nerve-racking to depend on a foreign country. >> they do a lot of planning and they're very good at this. the south africans have challenges, in addition to security, logistical challenges. >> reporter: the memorial service will take place in a soccer stadium that holds 90,000 people. more than 90 world leaders are expected to attend. lea
, president obama all had very deep conversations, president clinton, with nelson mandela. and they all took his example and tried to figure out how do they embody it. his legacy to the united states is huge as it is to the rest of the world. and i think he taught us that we need to rise above the petty politics that can divide us. and i think his lesson is more relevant today than ever and whether it's in congress or in syria that we can all learn from his example. >> marc, here's the thing, he was not afraid to speak truth to power. not just in his country but in this country as well. >> it's so critical to remember and understand the evolution of the relationship between the official position of the united states and the emerging republic of south africa. because in the 1970s and in the 1980s, united states official foreign policy sided with the apartheid regime. it was president reagan that vetoed sanctions which really came about because of student activism and community activism. i was proud to be a part of those efforts. the divestment efforts. that movement helped to change the posit
obama is in the air right now headed to south africa to honor nelson mandela. security is tight as the soccer stadium there hosts dozens of the most important world leaders. >>> mary landrieu cast the deciding vote for obama care. >> southern democrats under attack. could republicans turn the state red by picking off a few vulnerable dems?
and the former first lady laura bush will accompany president obama on air force one to attend nelson mandela's memorial services next week. bill clinton tells me he and his family also will be attending. george h.w. bush will not be making the trip due to his age and the long, long distance. our correspondents in south africa are also learning more about the upcoming historic events. cnn's robyn curnow is joining us from johannesburg and erin burnett is joining us from mandela's home in the town of soweto. it is early morning now, crowds have been out nonstop celebrating the life of nelson mandela. what's going on, how long do we expect this to last? >> reporter: well, it's almost 24 hours since this nation heard that nelson mandela had passed away. we are standing right outside the house where he died late thursday. people have been coming to this suburban street since then. you can hear them now singing behind me, and they have been chanting, praying, lamenting, celebrating in song throughout the day and they have been singing some very poignant songs. one particular over and over again, m
around the world now heading to south africa to pay tribute to nelson mandela. president obama flying to johannesburg for tomorrow's memorial service at a 95,000 seat soccer stadium. south africa's parliament also took time-out to remember the country's first black leader. there were also emotional prayer services in mandela's homeland and around the world this sunday. he died last week at the age of 95. after tomorrow's memorial service, nelson mandela will lie in state before his burial on december 15th. >>> a video that shocked the whole country. a state trooper shooting up a mini van filled with kids. now he's fighting to get his job back. hear what his attorney is saying. >>> plus, technology giants uniting to fight government spying? what the likes of facebook and google may be able to do. we will debate that. >>> how many times the president met with kathleen sebelius before the disastrous rollout of the obama care website. and why it's so hard to pin that exact number down. what was it? >> i don't have all the figures in front of me. but if you think about the cabinet and the
. >> the official mourning of nelson mandela has begun. president obama and mrs. obama will attend the furniture on tuesday. it's part of a series of events planned to honour the leader. >> i'm john henry smith, we'll look on a championship saturday in college football. the day that stood up for d.c. s. >> al jazeera continues in 2.5 minutes. i'm morgan radford. i'll be back with all the top stories. >> troops on the ground. hundreds of french troops sent to the central african republic trying to restore order. anti-government protesters in the ukraine call for a million-man march trying to get rid of the government. in a day of mourning nelson mandela's ex-wife attended a church service to pay tribe ute to a government. gold snap across the city - smart lander at a stand still. freezing rain and heavy snow - cold snap. >> good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm morgan radford, live in new york city. the french president issued a veiled warning to the president of the central african republic, francis hollande saying it will be tough to keep him in place given the violence or the ground
, president obama heading to south africa where crowds are mourning and celebrating nelson mandela. we'll have a live report on the president's expected role in tomorrow's public memorial service. >>> and right now, 85-year-old merrill newman resting at his home in california after spending more than a month in captivity in north korea. he's also sharing new details about his ordeal, including the menu. hello, i'm wolf blitzer reporting today from washington. it doesn't seem to matter where you are in the united states today. we all have one thing in common. pretty much miserable weather. if you're headed to the airport, pag your patience. more than a thousand flights already have been canceled today. on the roads, it's no better. this was the scene in yonkers, outside new york city. police say 30 people were injured in a 24-plus car pile-up on the bronx river parkway late last night. one reminder, falling ice posing a huge threat. a sheet of melting ice fell to the ground in plano, texas, damaging at least eight parked cars. thankfully no people were on street at the time. cnn is covering all
. >>> world leaders, athletes and artists are reflecting on the life of nelson mandela today. as we learn about services being planned in south africa. >> president obama and the first lady say they will travel there for the funeral. >> people of all ages, colors and creeds gathered outside his home in johannesburg. plans for the burial are about to take place. there will be a memorial tuesday. his burial sunday in his hometown. shomari stone is live from the embassy in southwest washington where the flow of visitors has been steady. >> reporter: indeed, the flow has been steady over the last 24 hours. a very sad day here, gloomy like the weather. let me move out the way. you can see the memorial here. this fence was in front of the statue yesterday, but now they moved the fence around the statue so people can drop off, you know, flowers and other things to pay tribute to nelson mandela. let's roll video. hundreds of people have stopped by dropping off candles, notes and photos to honor the former south african president and anti-apartheid leader. he spent 27 years in jail in his fight ag
, president barack obama took his own family to robin island where nelson mandela was in prison for 26 years. there was images of the president bringing his wife and two young daughters to talk to them about the legacy and refler reflect on hit. >> we got a message from george bush. it says barbara and i have had the privilege to know. as president i watched in wonder as mandela had the remarkable capacity to forgive jailers following 26 years of wrongful imprisonment setting redemths and grace for us all. he was a man of tremendous courage who changed the course of history in his country. barbara and i, he write, had great respect for president mandela and send condolences for his family and country men. this from the far corners of the world like we might receive for few others on this planet. >> when you mention that about former president bush 41 saying nelson mandela was kind even to jailers that kept him in prison 27 years. bush said before he thought it was incredible one of the jailers became an adviser, security official to mandela when he later became president. mandela thought it
the inauguration of nelson mandela. also author to 'n'. senior adviser to president obama for u.s. institute for peace. thank you very much. you've seen all of this history and you were there on the ground during this tumultuous period. president bush 41, as we just showed, quickly moved beyond the shadow of the early reagan years where president reagan vetoed legislation and that veto over with. the state department secretary of state schultz and others, former senate foreign relations chairman dick lugar were pushing very strongly for a different policy. >> they were. they knew the veto was a mistake. right after that secretary schultz moved to redescribe anc not as terrorist organization and open up contacts with the group in osaka. >> you were on the ground when he came out -- >> after he came out. >> moved into the negotiations which were critical. >> went up and down in 1992, had a break in the negotiations, a serious break over violence. the two presidents, the two leaders, nelson mandela and f.w. de klerk came together, one of the things they agreed, which is a lesson for other peace
and why some oppose. >>> president obama heading to south africa for nelson mandela's funeral. how the service will serve as a rare union for other elite americans. >>> newschopper2 has just arrived. we're looking at lanes of the crash on highway 4 being cleaned up, live as we speak. you can see. the damage is already done. find out how long this back up is on highway. >>> when was the last time it was this cold? 1989, 1990, and 1972. moist words were set in 1972. we'll if we've set any -- we'll see if we've set any records yet -- coming up. >>> welcome back. 7:15. new this morning, president obama is on his way to south africa right now to attend the memorial service for nelson mandela. now, you watched it here live on the morning news about two hours ago. president obama and first lady michelle obama boarding air force one. now, also on air force one for the trip to south africa former president george w. bush, his wife, laura, and former secretary of state hillary clinton. former presidents jimmy carter and bill clinton will also be attending the memorial but they are traveling
probably also know that the first lady, and obama's daughters met with nelson mandela. on the president's last conversation, we will have to get that to you. >> any plans to go to south africa? >> i don't have any scheduling updates involving the president of that nature to provide and i will forewarn you that because of the logistics, i will not have a way to get one to you yet but we will when it is all prepared. the number of people had obviously already gathered in the media. it is pretty great to have them here in washington. >> the government accountability institute, they announced between july of 2010 and november of this year, the public schedule was released showing that there were no one- on-one meetings with health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius. there were 277 other one-on-one meetings. it draws questions about the leadership skills and the chief executive. >> call me beforehand because i am in a very charitable mood today so i won't go too strong on this. that report, the published report that was written by an advocate is based on a ridiculously false prem
spots rapid tone repair. from neutrogena®. >>> while president obama was talking about the root causes of rising inequality in america and mourn the death of nelson mandela who spent lifetime fighting poverty and said, quote, i'm nearing my end. i want to be able to sleep until eternity with a broad smile on my face, snknowing that the you, opinion makers and everybody is trying to unite the nation. well, billy o'reilly the gop and their crew are at it again cranking up a so-called war on christmas. complaining about the semantics of using the phrase happy holidays instead of merry christmas. fox news has even set up a web page for viewers to share their personal stories saying, quote, once again, this holiday season the right to celebrate christmas is under attack. if it's happening in your community, let us know by submitting your story. now, i never thought i'd say this but i agree with fox on this one. the right to celebrate christmas is under attack. when over a million unemployed people risk losing emergency benefits, tens of millions of working people can't earn a living wage an
." >>> to south africa now, where more than 50 world leaders will arrive to honor nelson mandela. that number growing. president obama leaving on air force one tomorrow night with the first lady, of course, who met mandela with her daughters. the obamas have invited former president george w. bush and laura bush to travel them. the bushes have said they will. former president clinton and hillary clinton making the trip, as will former president jimmy carter, too. tonight, we learned queen elizabeth, who met mandela a number of times, has asked that her son prince charles attend in her place. and on this sunday in south africa, a day of prayer. and word from one of nelson mandela's daughters, during his final days. abc's byron pitts is there. >> reporter: this sunday was soaked in symbolism. the former township, once the epicenter of the anti-apartheid movement. grief and gratitude stretched across generations. he spoke for a nation. >> i'm here today, he fought for our freedom. if it wasn't for him, we wouldn't be here. we wouldn't be having all the things that we have. >> reporter: for nelso
with news 4 and www.nbcwashington.com for continuing coverage of remembering the life of nelson mandela. you can see photos of mandela from throughout his life. >>> rainfalling all day. didn't stop festivities at the christmas tree lighting ceremony. it's an annual tradition going back 91 years. president obama, the first lady and daughters, malia and sasha flipped the switch lighting up this mighty spruce. somewhere in the crowd, through the fog is mark segraves. a little rain didn't stop the crowds from coming out, mark? >> reporter: absolutely not. the wind is making it much worse. when the wind blows, it makes it cold. you can feel the rain. a lot of people have been trickling out. thousands remain. the queen of sole just wrapped up. we are getting ready to hear from train momentarily. a half hour to 40 minutes ago, the first family showed up and flipped the switch. >> we are going start at five. >> yeah let's do five. >> because it's a little wet. we shouldn't start at ten. all right? everybody ready? >> yeah! >> five four three, two, one -- >> whew! ♪ >> reporte
service for former south african president nelson mandella. during the flight with the obama mass in the president's cabin. bushes in the medical office and president clinton in the senior staff cabin. president bush spent 90 minutes in the press cabin. they are traveling to south africa separately. now to big business news. american airlines and u.s. airways completing their merger. they now rank as the world's largest airline. the airline name will live on. the u.s. airlines name will disappear. survived challenge from the government and consumer groups. guess what. you are no longer an owner o. the u.s. government selling all its remaining shares in general motors. government lost 10.5 billion on bailout of g.m. and that's is tonight's speed read. today, senator ted cruze introducing a report calling it lawless and abusive. is president obama violating the constitution? and what are the limits? georgetown law professor nicholas joins us. good evening, sir. >> good evening, greta. >> abusive and lawless is what senator ted cruz says. do you agree or disagree with senator cruze a
't confirming this but all four of them said they expect that president obama will, in fact, attend that ceremony along with other world leaders. we saw president obama come into the briefing room as in the clip that you played tonight where he referred to nelson mandela as an inspiration, an example for him from the earliest phase of his political stirrings as a student at occidental college where he attended an anti-apartheid protest there. of course, nelson mandela is someone who was the first african-american or excuse me, the first african leader, black african leader of south africa which had been governed by a white government, president obama followed in that footstep as the first african-american president of the united states, and he said that he would spend the rest of his life trying to live up to and follow nelson mandela's example. what was so notable about nelson mandela was that he actually achieved in practice the promise that president obama had held out in 2004 at that famous convention speech of bringing south africa together, adopting a policy of reconciliation
and justice can prevail. >> reporter: the white house announced president obama will go to south africa joining world leaders and south africans for the funeral of nelson mandela. there's a major memorial at the national cathedral here at washington on wednesday for this foreign leader held in high esteem by so many americans. >> thank you. >>> late this afternoon the san francisco mayor invited the entire bay area to pay its respects to mandela as well. the mayor has been asked to chair that event. flags on all city grounds will be flown at half staff until sunset on december 18th. there was skirmishes with police. mandela visited the oakland coliseum back in 199 -- >> when he was released and came to oakland for the coliseum, it was so thrilling that we had a rule not only in his release, but in the change to freedom and democracy in south africa. >> during his visit, he called on those to vote, to divest from south africa apartheid. >>> they held a moment of silence before this morning's opening bell. mandela visited the stock exchange back in 2002. go to nbc bay area news and click
." >> president obama is heading to south africa for nelson mandela's memorial service. when he returns, expect him to refocus on what he says is his administration's target for the remainder of his presidency. a tale of two americas, candidate obama vowed to heal a polarized nation but that is proving increasingly difficult. his first term ended by tieing jouj l george w. bush as the most polarizing year ever. look how far the lines really are. it's no surprise since over the past decade the nation's seen a rise in liberal democrats and conservative republicans, it's which way politics to the fringe or center. we search far and wide to find someone who knows politics and elected as a republican governor and served four presidents including one democrat named obama. and the only name we could come up with is huntsman. yes, that's my dad jon. welcome to "the cycle." we've banished luke to the remote camera so you can be surrounded by beautiful women, a man with five daughters -- >> i have to say, i've been at a lot of tables but never been so intimidated. and so honored, i have to tell you, it's
nelson mandela was held. how much of an impact do you think nelson mandela has had on prison obama? >> well, i was standing just a few feet away from then senator obama in 2006 when he was touring robben island. i had a sense his first trip was a pilgrimage. he started his career, as everyone noted, his interest in politics being an anti-apartheid protesters. coming to robben island, getting the tour, seeing for himself, walking in the path where mandela was. you know, the picture you have on now is on his second visit. this one was last june. he did strike is some of the same pose. but you would do that. because you're looking through the -- you're in the steps of a man who lived the life who walked the walk. and i think on his first trip, seeing it for the first time, the enormity of what it was like to live under those conditions for so many years. when you see the limestone quarry that you had to stare out day after day in the blinding sun you could see there was a sense of -- i don't want to say emotion, but a sense of seeing history that influenced you come alive in your life
in south africa this morning to say good-bye to nelson mandela as president obama prepares to lead the u.s. delegation there. lester is live in soweto, south africa with the latest. >>> it's off. prince harry's race to the south pole canceled. that doesn't moon the royal is giving up on his mission to reach the bottom of the world today, sunday, december 8, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today" with lester holt live in soweto, south africa, and erica hill live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm erica hill alongside jenna wolfe and dylan dreyer. as we mentioned, lester holt is in soweto, south africa, where the official events to honor the life of nelson mandela are under way today. good morning, lester. >> reporter: good morning, erica. today was the official day of prayer and reflection. all that notwithstanding, it continues to be a day or a week of celebration of the life of nelson mandela. people here in the streets in soweto once again celebrating his life. we'll tell you about that. we'll tell yo
, president obama delivered a .tatement at the white house >> at his trial in 1964, nelson mandela closed saying i have fought against white domination and i have fought against white -- i've cherish the ideal in which people can live in harmony. it is an ideal i hope to live within to achieve. it is an ideal for which i am prepared to drdie." nelson mandela lived for that it real. he made today he has gone home, and we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. through his fierce dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of to transform south africa and move all of us. history from a prisoner to a president embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better. his commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who example thatnd an all humanity should aspire to, whether the lives of nations or our own personal lives. the fact that he did it all with grace and with humor, and the abili
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, president obama will be among the mourners along with mrs. obama who met mandela shortly after becoming first lady. president bush and laura bush have been invited to travel with the obamas, and former president clinton and hillary clinton will travel to the tribute for nelson mandela. from south africa we hear from one of his friends who described those final visits with the man he revered. abc's byron pitts from outside mandela's home. >> reporter: nowhere has admiration for nelson mandela been stronger, expressed more passionately than a few feet from his doorstep outside his home where the beloved statesman took his last breath. >> by singing and dancing, it's a way of showing our appreciation. >> he represents this country. >> reporter: nelson mandela will be laid to rest in grand style. tuesday, a memorial service like the world has never seen. some 95,000 people packed inside the stadium. wednesday through friday the former president will lay in state in pretoria, the nation's legislative capital. next sunday mandela will be laid to rest in the small village of his boyhood on the
africa, where visitors all over the world continue to mourn the loss of nelson mandela. president obama will travel to south africa for the memorial along with presidents bush and clinton. they'll be joined by other world figures like the pope and celebrities including bill gates and oprah. the public service will be on tuesday. mandela's body will lie in state for three days. after that his body will be flown to his home village for a private burial. >>> the grammy nominations are out. justin timberlake lead the pack at seven. did mr. suit and tie get snubbed? timberlake's 20/20 experience was the best-selling release but he still didn't get nominated in top categories like album, song, record of the year. another person shut out. how about this one? miley cyrus. she got no nominations. taylor swift, bruno mars and katy perry performed her hit song last night "roar." ♪ i got the eye of the tiger fire ♪ ♪ dancing through the fire ♪ cause i am a champion ♪ and you're going to hear me roar ♪ >> "roar" is up for the song of the year. the awards show airs january 26th. i am woma
for nelson mandela. president obama is on his way, leading this national delegation of politicians and dignitaries. on air force one, former secretary of state, hillary clinton. also george and laura bush. several others. they're getting ready for this massive memorial. huge undertaking, and such a brief period of time. just think of the logistics here. this is just the beginning. after the memorial, mandela will lie in state for three days. and then be buried on sunday. and our chief international correspondent christian eon amanpour is live now from johannesburg where it's just after 10:00 at night your time. let's beginith this massive undertaking, the logistics and really the security at this stadium. >> yes, indeed, they're going -- obviously, as you can imagine, all out for security, and president obama is bringing three former u.s. presidents with him. not just george w. bush, but president clinton and president carter. president obama is due to speak at the memorial tomorrow, and this is going to be a huge event. most people think it's going to be a really raucous, joyous e
probably as president obama said we will never see again. >> nelson mandela had a royal birth as the son of a tribal chief, but he gave up that to throw off apartheid rule in south africa. let's go to the report on the world's most famous political prisoner. >> the south africa that nelson mandela was born into nine decades ago will never be the same because of him. the lifelong campaign made him a hero to the people and at one time an enemy of the state. mandela's tribal name translates as the who stirs up dust. mandela stirred up a storm fighting for democracy. >> it has been a gift for which i am to prepared to die. >> first arrest in 1962, he was convicted of sabotage and experience to overthrow the government. for 27 years, prison bars confined the man, but not his cause. a generation had never seen him and kept his campaign alive. in 1990, buckling under internal strife and international sanction, the white minority government abandoned apartheid. >> the government has taken a firm decision to release mr. mandela unconditionally. >> he emerged from behind bars without bitterness to
. officials say there were 60 crashes. at least one person was killed. >>> president obama just minutes away from leaving the white house for a trip from south africa. he is one of four presidents expected to attend the memorial for nelson mandela. nearly 90 world leaders are scheduled to attend. hundreds left flowers and letters at the home where mandela has died. a south clone sheriff is refusing to do so. peckens county sheriff says flags should be lowered only for americans who sacrificed for their country. >>> stunning images out of brrksz soccer fans rioted in the stands on sunday. it shut down play for more than an hour after a key contest for two reserval brazilian teams. this is raising further questions ahead of the world cup there were concerns of fan violence, amazingly when four people were injured in all that of that chaos. >> you will probably recall the adventure 127 hours. he is expected in court this afternoon on domestic violence charges. he faces one count of assault and one count of wrongs to meerns. he was arrested in a woman's home. she has been arrested on the same ch
. that is in fact, where nelson mandela made his last public appearance. eventually, he will be laid to rest in his hometown, his ancestral hometown. a lot of dignititories expected to arrive quite naturally to include president obama himself, as well, wolf. >> he and the family will be heading over there will the first lady of course, as well. thanks so much, arwa, for that report. remembering the life and the wisdom nelson mandela. my interview with the former president, bill clinton, he'll reflect on any son mandela, his friend. the lessons he personally learned from him. my interview with former president bill clinton on any son mandela, 5:00 p.m. eastern in "the situation room". >>> other news we're following including ice, lots of it falling on roads in about a dozen states right now. we're going to show you who's in the bulls eye of this brutal storm right after the break. too big. too small. too soft. too tasty. [ both laugh ] [ male announcer ] introducing progresso's new creamy alfredo soup. inspired by perfection. new creamy alfredo soup. waffle bars... fancy robes... seems every hotel h
great. nelson mandela became one of the greatest. >> so we heard president obama talking to chris matthews about the importance with the connection with the men people. what was your take? >> i thought it was a fascinating interview. i like to hear the president when he expands on his terms on some level. but i'm going to be honest, i'm a big chris matthews fan. that was the softest voice i ever heard chris matthews speak in. you know, look, i imagine, these interviews when they are done on the other side the folks on the right want to hold the president accountable. the president made an illusion that many msnbc viewers are frustrated from the left. i would like an interview where it wasn't sitting down, letting the president say what he wants to say, but holding him accountable for the frustrations from the party who peel feels he hasn't done enough, whether it's on holding the banks account annual. things that he has the power to do. i would have liked to have seen more of that. >> let's play out a clip. you talk about how he was energized by the college audience he was in fron
met with his family. was told of nelson mandela's condition at that point, he had first met president mandela in 2005, actually here in washington suddenly he called him, from his et here in room just down the georgetown. and president obama came to see him. so it is a lifetime of inspiration, there are obvious parallels. of course, his father from the continent of africa, them son mandela, the president being the first african-american president, it's almost too obvious to point out the deep rest nantz there. between these two men. and obviously someone that president obama looked up to a great deal. >> mike, appreciate that, thank you. >> joining us now he is a professor from ucla.'s goo, one of the real joys of this moment, is going to be had a personal association. with nelson mandela if you want to take a look with the former south african president. >> well, i have known about nelson mandela since i started studying and he had always been promptly inspirational. i met him for the first time after he had been released from prison. for all of that time in the 70's and 80's he was
90 world leaders are planning to attend nelson mandela's memorial tuesday in johannesburg. inside air force one, the obamas and george w. and laura bush along with former first lady clinton, the former president bill and daughter chelsea are flying from an event in rio and linking up with the rest of the club tomorrow. president george h.w. bush who has been in poor health for some time will not be making the trip. together, they are set for an almost 20-hour flight, even though there's only one bed on board. >> air force one is a very intimate setting so that's the place where you can have quieter conversations. once you get to one of these massive events, it's very hard to have real conversations. >> these long flights, believe it or not, can forge friendships. in 1981, president ronald reagan could not attend the funeral of egypt's anwar saddat so he enlisted others to attend instead. the flight was said to be initially awkward and very long, but one notable friendship emerged. evident at ford's funeral more than 25 years later, when jimmy carter eulogized his long-time friend. >>
the president and first lady will be heading to south africa to pay respects to the memory of nelson mandela. he of course died yesterday at the age of 95. the funeral is scheduled for december 15th and the obamas will be attending. >> one of the things that we talked about a lot with nelson mandela is paying it forward. that ties into the next story more than spreading holiday cheer. growing movement, tips for jesus, surprising restaurants and bar servers with tips in the hundreds sometimes thousands of dollars. this one for $5,000 for a $557 drink bill at a bar in michigan. the movement is gaining steam in response to a tip left by a pastor in st. louis, i give god 10%, why should i give you 18? apparently people think that was message for jesus. tips for jesus is doing opposite for that. we have to talk about jesus with somebody who knows bit. father jonathan morris, fox news religion contributor. just in general, what is your gut reaction. >> you shouldn't have $557 worth of drinks otherwise, very skeptical. you know what? i think reaction against this pastor, we don't even need to say his n
and using her remarks to pay tribute to former south african nelson mandela who passed away yesterday. we are learning that president obama and first lady michelle obama will travel to south africa next week to attend memorial event. former secretary of state madeleine albright spoke earlier. she paid tribute to former california congressman tom lantos and hillary clinton looking at her years of service. >> thank you very much. thank you to mica for your kind wonders and good morning. thank you to all of you. i am thrilled to be here. we're here to celebrate those who dedicated their lives to the human rights movement and we would be remised if we did not speak as to mica did to honor the passing of one of the movement's greatest heroes, nelson mandela. president mandela was a activist, political leader, a statesman and he was above all a teacher. he taught us that the power of forgiveness is greater áhan the power of hate and the differences of race and nationality matter less than our shared humanity. his presence on this earth will be sorely missed but his lessons will endure in the
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